Teaching 1-on-1 classes, both in person and online, is a fantastic way to study a language because the attention is solely on you. You're not distracted by other students, you don't have to do useless exercises, and you have the opportunity to just work on what you need. That makes for a great learning environment.
However, there are some things that are genuinely lacking in 1-on-1 classes. One of those things is an organized structure and evaluation process. Sure, everybody hates exams and reports. However, after teaching 1-on-1 for a while now, I realize the benefit of those exercises. I've just started something new with a student, and I plan to do it with all of my students. After evaluating their language- strengths, weaknesses, common errors, etc.- we're going to come up with regular target areas to focus on correcting specific errors in that time period, and tracking that progress will help keep up on the language they need to improve on.
I started off thinking the regular time periods would be good to do the first session of each month. That will make it easy to keep track of, and monitor progress in a systematic way.
How will this work?
After tracking and assessing the students' form of speaking through regular meetings, sessions, and conversations, as well as taking notes during their classes, I have a pretty good idea of common mistakes they make. Together with the student, we will 1) discuss which areas they need to work on first, and then 2) write down goals and plans together to permanently correct those errors through concentrated effort targeted on that language, and activities focusing on those areas. Remember, less is more! I'm only taking one or two areas in a time period to focus on because if there are too many things at once, they will all get lost. You'll always have the next time period to focus on the next part.
What will the plan look like?
I will tell my students my ideas of the areas they should focus on, and they tell me what they feel they should work on until we come to an agreement. It will look like this:
- Word order in sentences (specifically while using adverbs)
- Using past simple and past continuous correctly in different situations.
These are two common types of errors that I see. As you see, I have one main (more complex) correction, and one minor (a bit more simple) target. Breaking them up monthly will help us keep it fresh in our minds during our classes and make them more manageable. Propose this to your tutor or teacher and see if this works for you.
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Solely on you - only on you
To just work on - to only work on
___ makes for ____ - provides/ creates
just started - started immediately before
keep up on - to stay current
concentrated effort - a lot of effort toward one thing
less is more - fewer things to focus on usually gives more results
breaking them up - divide something into smaller pieces to make it more manageable
propose this - give this idea